This week's run report has been completed by Dawn Aytoun
"No one would have guessed it was the first run in November! A moderate wind, temperatures of 15° and clear blue skies finished off with fluffy white clouds.
All the ghosts and ghouls had disappeared, however the run brief did have to fight against the cacophony of eager dogs... Their Welcome to our large number of first timers (welcome) and tourists (hi)!
The short walk to the start was lively with chatter of people's achievements at the GSR, and then we were off.
A few reminders needed to stay left, but rhythm was found by the first cone. In that double back you always get a good view of the range of runners. One man and his pram, two dogs, and a substantial population of children dragging their parents through.
Being fairly far back I was privileged to see the community spirit that is such a big part of parkrun. A woman having a breather was asked several times if she was ok, every walker was given a pat on the back a words of encouragement, and children who had stopped to wait for slow - coach parents were always asked if they needed help. Everyone had a smile!
Turning at Eastney brought on the moderate head wind, at which point I got over taken by several children, going on to complete with sprint finishes!
And the funnel came into sight with a crowd of cheering finishers and volunteers.
Just simply the best way to start the weekend.
Thanks Dawn! A huge shout out to say thank you the brilliant volunteers this week:
Adam BARLOW • Alice HICKMAN • Annabelinda HARDY • Darren MATTHEWS • Dawn AYTOUN • Fiona BUCK • John COWLIN • Malcolm FERRIS • Michael TAYLOR • Peter John HOOLEY • Roksana GRZELAK
You all did a marvellous job - Thank you! If anyone would like to help out with the volunteering we would love to have you involved!